"This two-volume set offers a compelling visual and literary portrait of Hungarian Jews from the mid-nineteenth century until the eve of the Holocaust. It focuses on Jews in Budapest, in the Hungarian provinces and in the more Hassidic Carpathian region. While the photographs catch the eye, the very perceptive and sensitive text underscores the variety of lifestyles and modes of self-identification that characterized Hungarian Jewry... Even casual readers of this book will find themselves learning and understanding far more than they anticipated when they opened the book. Many chapters could serve as an effective introduction to the study of modern religious developments in Central European Jewry."